MLB Odds: Royals vs Red Sox MLB Picks – May 29th, 2010: The Kansas City Royals will go for the series win tonight in Boston as they meet the Red Sox in game three of their four game set at Fenway Park. This evening's contest is scheduled to get underway at 7:10pm ET. MLB Odds at SBGglobal.com have Boston listed as a -140 moneyline favorite; the game total is set at 8.5 with the Under drawing -115 odds.
The Royals took a 2-0 series lead against Boston last night with a 12-5 blowout at Fenway. Kansas City, which cranked out 20 hits in the victory, chased Tim Wakefield early after touching up the knuckleballer for 12 hits and nine earned runs in 3.2 innings. Shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt issued the final blow to the veteran hurler, hitting a grand slam off of him in the top of the fourth.
The win, which was the sixth in the last nine games for Kansas City, improved the Royals record to 21-28 on the year and left them 7.5 games behind first place Minnesota in the AL Central.
Boston, which was coming off a road sweep of the Rays before its four game home series with KC got underway, dropped to 27-23 with last night's loss. The Red Sox are currently fourth in the AL East and 6.5 games back of Tampa Bay.
Two of the American League's best young pitchers will go head-to-head tonight as Zack Greinke and Clay Buchholz take the mound for their respective squads. Greinke has been unable to duplicate his 2009 Cy Young form this year, but the 26 year old has produced a respectable 3.57 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 10 starts. He is coming off his worst outing of the season, though, a nine hit, seven earned run effort (3.1 innings) in a 11-7 loss to the Rockies.
Clay Buchholz enters this evening's game with a 6-3 record and 3.07 ERA in nine starts. The 25 year old Texas native has allowed just 14 hits and four earned runs in his last three starts (20.1 innings), all Red Sox victories.
MLB Odds Betting Trend: The Royals are 1-9 in their last 10 games as a road dog with a moneyline spread between 120 and 140.
Kansas City Royals +1.5 (-165), Over 8.5 (-105), +130 (Moneyline)
Boston Red Sox -1.5 (+145), Under 8.5 (-115), -140 (Moneyline)
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